The Great Days of Northumbria; Three Lectures

The Great Days of Northumbria; Three Lectures

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...life, " free," as it was, "from secular care," was in no degree superior in grace or purity to that of those monks who in cloistered obedience lived as members of communities. There is no doubt that modesty, geniality, humour, were characteristic of Cuthbert, as in later days of Francis, whom he so closely resembles. On one occasion we find him mildly rebuking his brethren from Lindisfarne, who had called to visit him in his hermit cell, because they had not eaten a fat goose he had killed for their special benefit. " I cannot eat all day long; you must give me a little rest";--we almost hear his words as he replies with a gentle smile to the hospitable entreaties of the Abbess of Whitby. And I think we may go further and say that Cuthbert was fully aware that the fame of his austerities and of his sanctity would be noised abroad.1 He knew that to produce a permanent effect for good upon the lives of the rude and unreflecting population of his native land, he must startle them into virtue. 1 Bede's Life of Cuthbert. By the force of a conspicuous personal example, by the evident triumph of spirit over flesh, by an exaggeration even of the virtues demanded from the average Christian, he would arrest attention, he would call forth reverence and worship for a faith which was able to supply the motive power wherewith to work these miracles of abnegation. Was not this the policy, with infinite reverence be it said, and with obvious qualifications, of the Founder of Christianity Himself? Assuredly it was the policy of the closest of all His imitators, St. Francis of Assisi. Upon the desolate rock of Fame, Cuthbert held up the standard of the Cross before the eyes of all Northumbria, just as truly as did Oswald at the Heavenfield. He emphasised, e.g., ...show more

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  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 91g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236676394
  • 9781236676399